Synopses & Reviews
Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially Bollywood movies. But when her mother tells her some big news, it does not at all jive with the script of her life she has in mind. Her family is moving to India…and, not even to Bombay, which is the center of the Bollywood universe and home to Dini’s all-time most favorite star, Dolly. No, Dini is moving to a teeny, tiny village she can’t even find on a map. Swapnagiri. It means Dream Mountain and it only looks like a word that’s hard to pronounce. But to that open-minded person who sounds the name out, one letter at a time, it falls quite handily into place: S-w-a-p-n-a-g-i-r-i. An honest sort of name, with no surprise letters waiting to leap out and ambush the unwary. That doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises in Swapnagiri like mischievous monkeys and a girl who chirps like a bird—and the biggest surprise of all: Dolly.
So now, Dini is hard at work on a new script, the script in which she gets to meet the amazing Dolly. But, life is often more unpredictable than the movies and when Dini starts plotting her story things get a little out of control.
This is a joyful, lively Bollywood inspired story is full of colorful details, delicious confections and the wondrous, magical powers of coincidence. Uma Krisnaswami will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Eleven-year-old Dini loves everything about movies--especially Bollywood movies. So she would have been really excited about her family's move to India...if they were moving anywhere near Bombay, the center of the Bollywood universe and home to Dini's all-time most favorite favorite star, Dolly Singh. But no. Dini's now stuck in a teeny, tiny village that she can't even find on a map. But small villages can have surprises, and soon Dini is hard at work on a new life's script in which she gets to meet the amazing Dolly. However, real life is often more unpredictable than the movies, and when Dini starts plotting her story things get a little out of control....
Uma Krishnaswami's joyful, lively, Bollywood-inspired tale is full of preening peacocks, mischievous monkeys, delicious confections, and the wondrous, magical powers of coincidence.
andlt;Bandgt;Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Eleven-year old Dini loves moviesand#8212;watching them, reading about them, trying to write her ownand#8212;especially those oh-so-fabulous Bollywood movies where you donand#8217;t need to know the language to get whatand#8217;s going on. But when her mother reveals some big news, it does not at all jibe with the script Dini had in mind. Her family is moving to India. And not even to Bombay, which is the and#8220;center of the filmi universeand#8221; (and home to Diniand#8217;s all-time most favorite star, Dolly Singh). No, theyand#8217;re moving to a teeny, tiny town that she canand#8217;t even find on a map: Swapnagiri. It means Dream Mountain, a sleepy little place where nothing interesting can happen....andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But wait a movie minute! Swapnagiri is full of surprises like rose petal milk shakes, mischievous monkeys, a girl who chirps like a bird, and...could it beand#8230;Dolly herself?
About the Author
Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. She was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico.Abigail Halpin is an illustrator/graphic designer living in New England who likes bright colors, all things retro, and sharp pencils.